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Associated Projects

Adult Salmon Research

Spawning Distribution
Redd Characteristics
Creel survey
Carcass Counts
Hatchery Counts

Juvenile Salmon Research

Habitat Preference

Migration Research

Migration Timing


This project is providing important information about the wild production of Chinook salmon in the Salmon River.

Other projects conducted around the Basin by agencies, universites and other partners are documenting wild reproduction of salmon and trout, and providing managers with other scientific knowledge needed to effectively manage this highly-valued diverse fishery.


Natural Reproduction of Chinook Salmon in the Salmon River, NY

Research Activities and Results of 2004

To determine the distribution of spawning sites along the Salmon River, we located sites by walking the entire river. During peak Chinook spawning, salmon redds (spawning nests) were counted and recorded at each of the established carcass sampling sites (Table 3).

Once redds were identified, their geographic coordinates were recorded using a GPS unit. In addition to redd counting at the established study sites, an overall redd estimate was accomplished by walking the length of the entire river, from the lower dam to the mouth. Each redd encountered was counted and recorded with a GPS unit to create digital maps with ArcGIS software (Figure 14).

Sea Grant Scholar Dustin Everitt on the River mapping redds with a GPS unit

Preliminary results

A total of 333 redds were found at the nine established sites.

Along the length of the entire river, 1,945 redds were located and mapped.

Table 3. Chinook salmon redds at nine established sites.
Location Total Redds
Meadow Hole 20
Staircase 0
Paper Hole 3
Glass Hole 0
Salmon Wilderness 84
Refridgerator Hole 14
Ellis Cove 48
Hatchery 166


Figure 14. Map of a redd “hot spot” behind the NYSDEC Salmon River Hatchery. Each square represents an individual redd.





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Project Cooperators

New York
Department of Environmental Conservation

Project funded by New York Sea Grant